April Wrap Up and May TBR

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April

April has been a very quiet month for me, which has been nice in the sense that I’ve been able to do quite a lot of reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t get through all of what I planned to, but I definitely read heaps and some of them really good books, too :).

 

Books I Read

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This book was very similar in plot and content to Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, except not as good. While I liked the main character Norah (she was very sarcastic and  clumsily charming, a combination that made me laugh multiple times) and enjoyed reading her struggles with Agoraphobia and OCD. Louise Gornall certainly does a good job representing mental illness in a creative way in this book. However, I felt the overall plot and flow of the book didn’t fit and I didn’t enjoy the romantic relationship, which I felt progressed in a way that didn’t really make sense. While I was reading this book, I just always felt there was something missing, I’m not sure what, but it made the book feel pretty unforgettable to me once I’d finished it. Shame!

 

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I really, really enjoyed this book! It’s wonderfully written and partly reminded me of I’ll Give You The Sun. Iris is a fantastic character, really unique. She has a dangerous obsession with arson, which is really interesting. I loved her interactions with her family, whether it was in getting to know her dying father or taking the piss out of her self-obsessed, frankly awful mother and stepfather. I also loved her friendship with Thornton, even though most of it was told through flashback (well, a lot of the book is in flashback, to be fair). It has a perfect ending and is just a really unique book told by a really unique voice in Iris and Jenny Valentine. Definitely worth the read!

 

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I thought I was going to love this book, as best friends turned to lovers is kind of a guilty pleasure plot of mine. However, this book just fell flat. It didn’t feel believable enough. Unfortunately, it barely made me root for the pair to get together. Sure, it had some cute bits and it wasn’t so bad that I forced myself to finish it, but it was nothing heart-stopping or amazing. The characters were fine, the plot had its moments though it was pretty predictable (and not in a way that often makes me feel triumphant in these kinds of YA contemporary books), but sadly it just fell through for me.

 

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My boyfriend bought me this way before the film came out and it was a lot of fun to read. It made me want to re-watch the movie. I quite enjoy reading screenplays 🙂

 

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This is a gem of a YA romance/coming of age book. I actually really enjoyed it. It’s not quite on par with Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it’s clever, funny and diverse, has wonderful characters and best of all, a super adorable romance story. Now theres a pair anyone would root for! It’s a really fun book, perfect to settle down with for a night (or day) in :).

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Though I personally don’t think this is as good as a Rainbow Rowell book, mainly because I found the whole backstage Convention thing a bit odd and also found that there were occasions the plot felt forced as a means to create drama. However, it’s definitely a touching novel and at times very funny and clever as well. The main characters are unique and good at making the reader laugh. While it didn’t inspire me to ever work at a Convention, it made me think it’d actually be quite fun to go to one! 🙂

Started Reading

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I’m almost through with this book, and it’s quite good. It’s about Chris, a 25 year old guy who goes to sleep drunk in the 1980’s and wakes up in 2006, apparently in someone else’s life. It’s very witty and a fast read if you don’t read other books in between like I have :P. There are some parts of the book I haven’t enjoyed, such as a few pages that was very heavy on masturbation,  But, overall, I am definitely enjoying it and I’m keen to see how or if Chris gets himself out of the future!

Meant To Read

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Alas, I haven’t been able to read this what I’m sure will be wonderful book! I’m waiting for my boyfriend to be able to read it with me, and we haven’t been able to this month. Hopefully sometime in the year I will finally be able to read it!!!

 

 

 

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May

 

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Such a happy accident that the covers on my May TBR list ended up are all matching colours! Amazing 🙂 🙂

What do you think, any books here you’re interested in as well?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: The Most Unique, Out-there, Quirky Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This Week’s Topic: 10 Must Unique Books I’ve Read. 

I love finding and reading unique books, it’s always a pleasant surprise and something I’m constantly looking for when I read books. There are times I  enjoy something a little predicable or easy, but I much prefer books that make me think wow, that’s different.  So, for this weeks TTT I thought up the best standalone books I can think of that are a combination of super unique, original, quirky, strange, otherworldly, startling etc, etc. Yaya!

1)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 

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Murakami is well known for his weird, completely out of this world novels. At least, that’s how I see it based on the books of his I’ve read. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is probably the strangest book I’ve ever read and I love that about it.  Half the time I had no idea what was going on, but there was a lot of fun in that.

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Vurt by Jeff Noon

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Noon’s Vurt is apparently not a standalone like I thought, but it deserves to be on this list as one as I’ve only read it and not its sequel. This book will make you think you’re high. That’s the only way I can explain it without giving anything at all away. I’ve never been high literally, but I think I might know what it feels like at least a little bit a from reading this book!

3)

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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Oh, wowie!! David Mitchell and his time-travelling, multi-character extravagances! I love The Bone Clocks. It’s a true masterpiece and so, so brilliantly bizarre and unexpected and clever. I have no words for how amazing this book is!

4)

Anything That Isn’t This by Chris Priestly 

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I’ve praised this book a few times on my blog already, and I must say it’s definitely up there with the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s the bleak, eerie setting that’s most unique about Anything That Isn’t This, alongside the fact that Priestly doesn’t at all hand you all the details you need to know to understand what exactly is going on. I think it’s really clever in a subtle and beautiful way.

5)

All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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I have also blogged about this book a couple of times recently. All The Birds In The Sky is the perfect mix of magic, intrigue, quirky characters and a beautifully weird writing style. While I still have to say that too-fast unravelling of the story at its end disappointed me, it still deserves a spot on this list for it’s perfectly sarcastic humour, intelligently weird characters and unique plot.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Oscar Wao is one of my favourite fictional characters and this book is a masterpiece in diversity, humour and heartbreak, among other things. It deserves a spot on this list because I’ve never read anything quite like it and because Junot Diaz deserves all the praise.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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A novel by Jeffrey Eugenides just had to be on this list and I’m very happy for it to be The Virgin Suicides. I’ve never read a book like this before, for a lot of reasons whether it be the content in general or the fact that it’s told to us from an outsider, a character that we actually never meet. It’s an extraordinary piece of storytelling and I love it.

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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

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Shades of Grey is young adult sci-fi at its best. I love the whole concept of a grey world with the different systems of colours, and just thinking about this novel makes me want to re-read it. When is the sequel coming omg??

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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The Road  is simply amazing. I can’t even. Just read it and you’ll know why it belongs on this list.

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You The Sun is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life and I love it to pieces. It’s my favourite YA book of all time. It’s amazing. Jandy Nelson has one of the most unique writing styles in existence and omgosh dnsdnfnwenfwenfjnfje. Seriously, this book!! How can I even begin to describe how brilliant it is!!

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

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I couldn’t really complete this list without also including a shout-out to my favourite book, Watership Down. I mean, it’s a book told from the perspective of rabbits! How more unqiue can you get?? 😀

Well, that’s my TTT for this week (a little bit late, but at least I actually posted one for once!) What do you think? What books would you have put on yours?